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Mary Biggs, first-year Master’s student, received the 2019 Master’s Research Grant from the Cultural Geography Specialty Group of the AAG. She will use this money to conduct research this summer for her master’s thesis, tentatively titled “Constructing the Past, Constructing the Future: White Supremacy and Historicized Landscapes of North Carolina State Historic Sites.” The project examines the ways in which landscapes shape visitor interpretation of history, as well as how landscapes are managed for historical authenticity at three historic sites in Durham, NC. Mary is broadly interested in questions of public history, memory, identity, and landscapes.

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